Golf: Jacklin brings an end to a glittering career

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TONY JACKLIN, the former British and US Open champion, announced his retirement from the professional tournament circuit yesterday.

The 55-year-old Jacklin was Europe's foremost player during the late Sixties and early Seventies. He won the British Open in 1969 at Royal Lytham and followed up with the US Open a year later at Hazeltine.

After several less successful seasons he returned to captain the European Ryder Cup team from 1983 to 1989, and was credited with breaking the American domination of the event after leading Europe to victories in 1985 and 1987. He bowed out in 1989, having retained the trophy with a tie at The Belfry.

In total Jacklin won 29 titles worldwide. He resurrected his career on the US and British senior tours before retiring after finishing fourth in the Senior Masters at Wentworth yesterday. "There will be no last-minute change of mind. That's it," Jacklin told BBC television.

Laura Davies is within reach of a fifth major title after an impressive third-round 69 in the du Maurier Classic in Toronto.

On a nine-under par 207, Davies, the 1996 winner, finished two shots ahead of Canada's Dawn Coe-Jones and three in front of Scotland's Catriona Matthew, who shot a 72 to keep her hopes of a first tour victory alive.

On Saturday Surrey's Paul Casey won the English Amateur Championship, defeating Yorkshire's Simon Dyson by 2 and 1 in a tightly contested 36-hole final at St Mellion. It is the 22-year-old Casey's first major title in Britain.

Matthew Griffiths won the Welsh Amateur Golf Championship at Tenby yesterday with a convincing 7 and 6 victory over Richard Brookman in the 36-hole final.

The 21-year-old Gwent County player from Woodlake Park, Pontypool, was two under par in winning the match. His triumph also brought him the Konica Welsh Order of Merit crown for the season.

At Cruden Bay, Craig Heap, a 23-year-old architect, beat Mark Loftus by 7 and 5 in the final of the Johnnie Walker Scottish Amateur Championship.